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Clockwork

Design Your Business to Run Itself
Narrated by: Mike Michalowicz
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Do you worry that your business will collapse without your constant presence? Are you sacrificing your family, friendships, and freedom to keep your business alive? What if instead your business could run itself, freeing you to do what you love when you want, while it continues to grow and turn a profit?

It's possible. And it's easier than you think.

If you're like most entrepreneurs, you started your business so you could be your own boss, make the money you deserve, and live life on your own terms. In reality, you're bogged down in the daily grind, constantly putting out fires, answering an endless stream of questions, and continually hunting for cash. 

Now, Mike Michalowicz, the author of Profit First and other small-business best sellers, offers a straightforward step-by-step path out of this dilemma. In Clockwork, he draws on more than six years of research and real-life examples to explain his simple approach to making your business ultra-efficient. 

Among other powerful strategies, you will discover how to:

  • Make your employees act like owners: Free yourself from micromanaging by using a simple technique to empower your people to make smart decisions without you. 
  • Pinpoint your business's most important function: Unleash incredible efficiency by identifying and focusing everyone on the one function that is most crucial to your business.
  • Know what to fix next: Most entrepreneurs try to fix every inefficiency at once and end up fixing nothing. Use the "weakest link in the chain" method to find the one fix that will add the most value now.

Whether you have a staff of one, 100, or somewhere in between, whether you're a new entrepreneur or have been overworked and overstressed for years, Clockwork is your path to finally making your business work for you.

©2018 Mike Michalowicz (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“If there will ever be a patron saint for entrepreneurs, Mike Michalowicz is surely a top contender for the position. He has personally been through every point of the entrepreneurial roller coaster, which gives him the credibility to speak to entrepreneurs in the kind of honest language they want to hear. Avoiding the airy, high-altitude maxims so common in other books, Clockwork is chock full of practical and relatable advice. It reminds entrepreneurs why they set out on the adventure and offers them a toolbox to take with them.” (Simon Sinek, optimist and author of Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last)

Clockwork is a how-to-manual for helping a small business owner achieve the purpose of owning a business - time and financial freedom. Masterful job Mike!” (Gino Wickman, author of Traction and creator of EOS)    

"When your business runs like clockwork, you can finally go off the clock! In this fun book, Mike shows how you, too, can achieve the dream of an enterprise that thrives while you enjoy all life has to offer." (Laura Vanderkam, author of Off the Clock and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

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solid ideas and systems and great delivery.

well worth the time. get it. read it and implement it. for you businesses sake.

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A must read for small business owners

I listened to the audio version but will also be getting the book... I’m going to need to refer back to many of the points in this book.
If you’re a new small business owner... read this book
If you’ve been in business for years... read this book
Even if you feel like you’re crushing it... read this book

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Another eye opener

I'm reading this through for the second time. Mike has opened my eyes more than once (first with Profit First, then with Pumpkin plan and Clockwork).

If you work solo or with a small team, this book will give you solid concepts to move out of the day to day grind. I was itching to put the ideas into place on my first read through, but waited until I'd read the whole thing, then went straight back to the beginning and started following the steps. The first exercise alone (your company's time analysis) is worth it's weight in gold. There are so many tips and ideas that there's bound to be at least one (likely more) that will help any business improve in some way.

Mike's books are fun to listen to as well - enough humour and and a smidge of ad-lib to keep you engaged and chuckling throughout. Personally I've found that not many good authors can do the narration as well as the writing, but Mike's nailing both.

Thanks again Mike, always a fan!

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Great book for business.

Enjoyed the book, has a lot in it, got a lot of value from it. Probably worth reading a second time to see what I missed.

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Turned my business around

It gave me all the tools to successfully balance business wirh family life. Highly recommended.

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awesome book

Loved it...exactly how I want my business to run.
Narrator is easy to listen to and always captures your attention.

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<br />Loved it

This is a simple plan that if you are prepared to change will change your life and business

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Mike - I Loved your book!

I loved Clockwork! a different perspective on building a business that serves you! not the other way around!

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Wonderful, practical book

Loved the book and Mike’s style. New and existing business owners wanting to get out of the trap of being everything to your company should read this. Book includes practical steps that everyone can understand and more importantly DO. Reminded me of the reason I set my business up in the first place.

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  • Dan
  • Melbourne
  • 05-12-2018

Great listen for bogged down business owners

Easy to listen to, well structured and with clear action points. Exactly what I look for in this kind of audio and Mike delivers.

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  • Pierre
  • 30-10-2018

Simple, Easy & Quick to Implement Tools

I found this book, simple, to the point and easy to implement the recommended ideas and tools, it has already made a significant impact on how I run my small business.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-09-2018

I didn’t want to finish the last hour

If you want to hear the same things repeated over and over for 7 hours this is the book for you.

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  • Demetri Chambers
  • 25-10-2018

I really gained a lot from this book

This is a great book for anyone who is ready and willing to go to the next level in their business. I wish I had read it a long time ago.

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  • Andrew
  • 13-10-2018

What we needed...BADLY!

November 1, 2019 this book will have served it’s purpose… I will be out of the office and on a vacation wherever I want to be for four weeks :-) thank you Michael

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  • Kristen Bowen
  • 26-09-2018

Clock Work

My biggest takeaway from this book was I was creating more work for me by having my team come back and ask questions. I am making the transition to letting them know the outcome and then decide how to get their themselves. It has been a game changer for me. Hard but so worth it.

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  • Madyun
  • 21-04-2019

Turned my light back on!!

I was ready to give up completely, fire all my employees and go back to doing it by myself. this book made me completely reconsider by giving me the confidence and tools to press on. Thank you Mike!!

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  • Gina Migliacio
  • 16-04-2019

Great narration. Great concepts.

I really think this is a great and workable concept. Changing the mindset to working on you business rather than in your business is really important. Your business should allow you to live and not have you living for the business. I am striving towards this.

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  • Steven O. Love
  • 11-04-2019

Great Audible Book

I recommend this book for any business owner looking to design their business for autopilot.

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  • Rob A
  • 08-04-2019

so good I restarted it immediately after finishing

lots of great value. where to focus and where not to. I restarted it for a 2nd go around to gain more value from it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-2019

MUST READ FOR ENTREPRENEURS

VERY POWERFUL book, it will tteach you to design businesses that run itself with proven systemes.

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  • Darren
  • 21-04-2019

So simple

I love listening to Mike he makes everything sound so simple. Once put into practice everything falls into place.

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  • Sarah MB
  • 14-04-2019

Great book for entrepreneurs

Some great advice for entrepreneurs stuck in the trapping of doing everything. I just need to decided on the 4 week vacation location and get cracking. Would highly recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-03-2019

4 hour work week done right!

If you've always wanted to have a business like what Tim Ferriss describes in the 4 hour work week then Clockwork by Mike Michalowicz is the book that will make it happen.

Every other business book I buy is about shareholders and angel investors... How many people actually have a business like that? Not many so I don't know why so many books cover it!

Clockwork is for normal people who've started or are going to start a small business. It's so easy to start a small digital business and this book helps make small businesses work like clockwork.

I'm off to listen to this book again!

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  • Martin Adams
  • 15-03-2019

Very practical

I’ve been running my own business as a freelance developer and work in house now with another team. This book has taught me why I’ve been unable to help others do the work without considerable effort to oversee it. If your building a small business or want your team to perform better, give this book a go.

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  • Timothy
  • 10-03-2019

very good book with salient advice

this is a great book with actual processes to free up your time in your business and have it run itself. obviously, I've not out these to the test yet, but they all seem to make sense and seem realistic (unlike some books I've read).

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  • nicholas j rowland
  • 03-03-2019

An Essential Guide To Freedom

I've never felt the need to read a book more than once, but Clockwork was so inspiring, I simply had to read it again. I'm already planning to take a month's vacation, as suggested in the book..everyone needs a goal.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-11-2018

Another great business book

Really enjoyed Clockwork, I think the 4 week holiday maybe a bit of a pipedream at the moment, but I will definitely implement a lot of the strategies mentioned in the book. Mike is a great resource for entrepreneurs, and he comes across as if he does personally care about how well your business, and by extention your life, is doing.

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  • Ms. Emily J. Burnell
  • 14-11-2018

Runs like....

... Clockwork. Loads of good inspirational ideas for making your business perform efficiently. Off to implement the suggestions. Highly recommended.

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  • Stephen Nelson
  • 07-11-2018

As good as Mike M's previous work, if not better.

Lots of actionable content with his customary great humour and style. I've read all his books and the represent a great library of information for any budding or active entrepreneur.

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  • Drijen Shah
  • 03-11-2018

A fantastic follow up to Profit First

After reading and implementing Profit First, it was clear that Mike knows what he is talking about. It made a big difference to my mindset but also financially.

I listened to Clockwork within a week and already started seeing how it could be hugely beneficial to me and countless other small businesses.

He is one of the best narrators - easy to follow, funny but also very serious in terms of the message.

Looking forward to making my business run like clockwork!